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They say “you can tell a Morehouse Man when you see him, but you can’t tell him much.” This is definitely the case for billionaire, Robert F. Smith,  a technology investor and philanthropist, and Morehouse graduate who was also the speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony. After announcing a 1.5 million dollar gift to the school, Mr. Smith announced he would give the graduating class of 2019 an even greater gift by wiping out their student loan debts!

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But during his remarks in front of the nearly 400 graduating seniors, the technology investor and philanthropist surprised some by announcing that his family was providing a grant to eliminate the student debt of the entire Class of 2019. 

Graduates react after hearing billionaire Robert F. Smith is paying all student debt for the Class of 2019 during the Morehouse College commencement ceremony In Atlanta, on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo: STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

“This is my class,” he said, “and I know my class will pay this forward.”

The announcement came as a surprise to Smith’s staff and to the staff at Morehouse, and elicited the biggest cheers of the morning.

Tonga Releford, whose son Charles Releford III is a member of the Class of 2019, estimates that his student loans are about $70,000.

“I feel like it’s Mother’s Day all over again,” she said.

The gift has been estimated to be worth up to $40 million.

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Actress, Angela Bassett, also received an honorary doctorate from Morehouse, making the day all the more magical. Black Excellence was clearly in full effect on the hallowed grounds of The ACU today and we are here for it!

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[VIDEO] RHOA’s Porsha Williams Arrested in Kentucky at Protest for Breyonna Taylor!

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star, Porsha Williams, is known for being vivacious and outspoken for whatever she believes in. Nowadays she is doing far more than just talking!

Porsha Williams has become an activist in the Black Lives Matter movement and in the last few hours was arrested in Kentucky at a protest outside the Kentucky Attorney General, David Cameron’s, home for Breonna Taylor!

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“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star, Porsha Williams, is known for being vivacious and outspoken for whatever she believes in. Nowadays she is doing far more than just talking!

Porsha Williams has become an activist in the Black Lives Matter movement and in the last few hours was arrested in Kentucky at a protest outside the Kentucky Attorney General, David Cameron’s, home for Breonna Taylor!

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As you may recall, Breonna Taylor was wrongfully killed, and her boyfriend was wounded and arrested, when police officers broke into her home, erroneously believing it was the home of a drug dealer. It has been nearly 150 days since this tragedy occurs and no officers have been arrested. Kentucky has since banned “no knock” warrants.

David, however, has controversially gotten engaged and been labeled my many activists as a traitor for his inaction and seeming apathy in this situation.

Porsha has posted a number of Instagram stories and posts pushing for the arrests of these aforementioned officers and now she is using her platform and presence to make a change.

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#JusticeforBreonnaTaylor ✊🏾Apply Pressure!!

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We commend Porsha for “walking the walk” and “talking the talk.” We definitely know she has bail money because those Bravo and Dish Nation checks are nice we hear.

The other Housewives have not been as vocal, but we are sure we will see this play out on the upcoming thirteenth season of the series. It has already been confirmed that Porsha retained her peach with a rumored pay raise.

Thanks for Porsha for using your platform in service of the movement, your grandfather (Hosea Williams) would be proud! We officially forgive you for that Underground Railroad comment back in Season 6.

What do you think of Porsha’s newfound activism? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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RIP, “Glee” Star, Naya Rivera’s Body Found in Lake Piru…

Just when we thought 2020 could not get any worse, promising and beloved actress and singer, Naya Rivera, has been officially pronounced dead.

Earlier, authorities pulled a body from Lake Piru six days after she disappeared. The body was later identified as  belonging to Naya. She was 33.

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Just when we thought 2020 could not get any worse, promising and beloved actress and singer, Naya Rivera, has been officially pronounced dead.

Earlier, authorities pulled a body from Lake Piru six days after she disappeared. The body was later identified as  belonging to Naya. She was 33.

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Naya was last seen taking her four year old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, swimming. The child was found in a boat alone, but Naya was nowhere to be found. After a 48 hour initial search she was presumed dead, but the news was not official until the identification of her body.

Naya is survived by her aforementioned son, her siblings, Mychal and Nickayla, and her parents, George and Yolanda Rivera.

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Since news first broke about the actress’s disappearance there has been an overwhelming showing of love and support from her friends and fans, notably actor, Tahj Mowry. He recently posted a heartwarming message in honor of her on social media.

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My sweet Naya – to say that I am devastated would be an understatement. This is a nightmare. Everyday gets harder. However, I am holding onto hope that you will be found. ⁣ ⁣ We grew up together. We became adults together. We experienced so many firsts together. You were my first experience with everything; love, intimacy, heartbreak. We broke each others hearts and then mended them back together…more than once. I will never not think of you. No woman has ever measured up what you gave me or how you made me feel. I’ve never liked to admit it but I have never stopped loving you. A part of me always wished for the day where God would bring us back together to be what we dreamt we could have been. ⁣ ⁣ I pray deeply for the Rivera family and that God blankets them with strength, peace, and love right now. Mychal and Nickayla – you will always be like younger siblings to me and I love you dearly. I watched you two grow up into beautiful adults. George and Yolanda – whatever you need I am here for you. We are forever family and I love you. ⁣ ⁣ I ask everyone reading this to please lift up, along with the entire Rivera family, Ryan and Josey in prayer and to respect what they are going through during this time. I pray that God showers the entire family with strength and peace that only He can give. ⁣ ⁣ I still have faith. I still have hope. Let’s please all pray that she is found and brought home safely. ⁣ ⁣ Naya, I miss you deeply. I wish I got the chance to tell you that once more but I’m believing I will get that chance. I know deep down you’ve always known how I felt. I look forward to the day where I can see your beautiful face once more and tell you everything I’ve wanted to say that I didn’t get the chance to say. I love you forever. I always have and I always will. ⁣ ⁣ ♥️

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This tragic and heartbreaking. We loved Naya as “Santana Lopez” from “Glee.”

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[FULL EPISODE] Will & Jada Pinkett-Smith Address August Alsina Rumors on “Red Table Talk!”

It seems like it has been an eternity, but Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith have finally addressed the August Alsina rumors on Facebook Watch’s “The Red Table Talk!” 

As you recall, singer August Alsina, revealed a couple of weeks ago that he and Jada were in a relationship WITH Will’s blessing in a sit down interview with “The Breakfast Club’s” Angela Yee. Now the celebrity couple are clearing the air, revealing that August and Jada actually were in a full-fledged relationship four years ago during a time she and Will were separated. 

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It seems like it has been an eternity, but Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith have finally addressed the August Alsina rumors on Facebook Watch’s “The Red Table Talk!”

As you recall, singer August Alsina, revealed a couple of weeks ago that he and Jada were in a relationship WITH Will’s blessing in a sit down interview with “The Breakfast Club’s” Angela Yee. Now the celebrity couple are clearing the air, revealing that August and Jada actually were in a full-fledged relationship four years ago during a time she and Will were separated.

via People

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“One of the reasons I wanted to come to the table, the media, the headlines, we specifically never said anything,” Smith said as his wife sat across from him. “We were purposely never saying anything. We specifically never said anything. Coming to the table, we just felt like it got to the point where you gotta say something.”

Pinkett Smith added, “It’s a situation that I consider private. This is a very personal journey that became very public.”

“Four and a half years ago… I started a friendship with August and we actually became really, really good friends,” she continued. “And it all started with him just needing some help, me wanting to help his health, his mental state.”

The mother of two said the singer “was really sick” when she and Smith first met him through their son, Jaden.

“The outpouring for him from our family was initially about his health,” she said. “We found all those different resources to help pull him through and from there you and I were going through a very difficult time.”

Smith replied, “I was done with you.”

“We broke up,” she said, clarifying. “We decided that we were going to separate for a period of time.”

“And then what did you do, Jada?” Smith asked.

“From there as time went on I got into a different kind of entanglement with August. One thing I want to clean up… about you giving ‘permission’ which is… the only person that can give permission in that circumstance is myself,” she said.

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Jada Pinkett Smith, August Alsina
She continued, “But what August was probably trying to communicate because I could see how he could see it as permission because we were separated amicably, and I think he wanted to make it clear he’s not a homewrecker because he’s not.”

Smith asked her to clarify what she meant by “entanglement,” to which she said, “Yes, it was a relationship absolutely.”

The Girls Trip star said she didn’t view her relationship with Alsina “as a transgression at all.”

“Through that particular journey, I learned so much about myself and was able to really confront a lot of emotional immaturity, emotional insecurity and I was really able to do some really deep healing,” Pinkett Smith said. “And as I came through and started to realize certain things about you and I, he decided to break all communication with me which was totally understandable. And I let that be and hadn’t talked to him since so it is a little weird that all this stuff is coming out now since this was several [years ago].”

Smith added, “For me, this was years ago.”

The two were able to repair their relationship with Pinkett Smith saying, “We have really gotten to that new place of unconditional love.”

The couple has been married since December 1997 and shares son Jaden, 22, and daughter Willow, 19.

Pinkett Smith previously teased the episode, tweeting, “There’s some healing that needs to happen…so I’m bringing myself to The Red Table.”

We are glad Will and Jada are wise enough to take control of this narrative and talk this out in the open. Honestly speculation has been eating at the couple’s stellar reputation. However, we would love for them to address the rumors of them being in an open marriage. Are they? Or aren’t they?

What did you think of this episode of “The Red Table Talk?” Sound off in the comments’ section below.

 

 

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